CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health’s Friday, July 24 report lists 14 COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state. That is down one from the 15 patients reported on Thursday.
There are two COVID patients at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County on Friday, up one from Tuesday, according to the WDH. Ivinson Memorial Hospital and Powell Valley Health Care each had one COVID patient on Thursday, but none on Friday.
There are three COVID patients at the Wyoming Medical Center on Friday, the same number the WDH has reported since July 13.
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Throughout the month of June, there were less than 10 COVID patients reported in Wyoming hospitals each day. There have been at least 10 COVID patients in Wyoming hospitals since July 7.
The 14 COVID-19 patients as of Friday are at the following hospitals (note that hospitals individually report data to the WDH and there may be differences in how they report the data):
- Wyoming Medical Center: 3
- Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: 3
- SageWest Health Care-Lander: 2
- Ivinson Memorial Hospital: 1
- Evanston Regional Hospital: 1
- Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital: 1
- St. John’s Medical Center: 1
- Sheridan Memorial Hospital: 1
- Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County: 1
Peak COVID-19 patient hospitalization in Wyoming occurred on April 20-21 when 23 patients were hospitalized across the state.
The Wyoming Department of Health shares other data about overall hospital capacity such as the number of intensive care unit beds or ventilators in use. ICU data is again available after it was temporarily down last week due to changes in federal requirements for reporting hospital capacity data.
While hospital resources like ICU rooms and ventilators are not exclusively used to attend to COVID-19 patients, this data gives a sense of the resources Wyoming hospitals have available to deal with a potential surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Natrona County health officers have explained that hospital capacity to care for not only COVID patients but also other patients, such as people suffering heart attacks or strokes, is one of their primary concerns.
30 of a total 119 available ICU beds were in use across Wyoming hospitals on Friday. 9 out of 14 available adult ICU beds at the WMC were occupied on Friday, according to the WDH data.
Under the WMC’s surge capacity plan, the hospital is able to care for up to 28 ICU patients, according to WMC spokesperson Kristy Bleizeffer.
Three of the total 182 available ventilators, which are sometimes used to treat COVID-19 patients, were in use across Wyoming, according to Friday’s data. One out of 15 available ventilators at the Wyoming Medical Center was reportedly in use.
No more than 10 ventilators have been in use in Wyoming hospitals since May 9.
Hospitals across the state have conducted a total of 13,045 COVID-19 tests through Thursday. 2.43% of those tests have come back positive. The Wyoming Department of Health reports a total of 67,700 COVID-19 tests complete across the state through Thursday.
There have been 1,923 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming and 424 probable cases through 3 pm Thursday. 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported.
The Wyoming Department of Health also reports the average number of lab confirmed COVID-19 cases reported per day as follows:
- 21 day average: 31.33
- 14 day average: 33.71
- 7 day average: 35.14
The Wyoming Department of Health reports hospital capacity data as follows (note that not all the data is COVID-19 specific. Both total capacity and used hospital resource data can vary from day to day):
The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:
What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.